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Old 13-06-2017, 03:04 AM   #1
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Random Acts of Soundscapes.

What up guys. Just wanted to talk about some soundscape tricks I have been using as of late.

So I have been using Renoise for a very long time and one of my favorite features is the LFO module. Its such a fantastic tool. One of its amazing features is that you can assign it to basically anything midi programmable. Another amazingly awesome thing is being able to create your own wave forms and the Random waveform function. One other is the fact that is has an amplification slider and a offset slider so you can really dial in how the LFO acts.

So lets get a little deeper into this. Lets take one of my favorite plugins Loomers Aspect. It's a 2 VCO, 3 Env, 3 Osc, Simi-modular synth. So lets say you get a cool pattern going just playin C notes varying in octave. Set 1 or 2 of Aspects LFO's to move the pitch up to a 3rd and/or 7th's. So now if you press play those C notes should being going through 3rds and 7ths depending on the speed you have them set and if you have them sync to clock. So here is where the Renoise LFO's come in. You can modulate the LFO speeds with Renoises LFO's. Take that a few steps further and then you can also control Aspects OSC Octave, Semitone, Modifier amount and such. So if you play your cards right you can have these pretty big note arrangements just by only essentially playing 1 note.

Going on lets talk fx's and the Renoise LFO. Lets take a plugin like GVerb for Linux. GVerb is this insane sounding free reverb for linux. You can get some HUGE tones out of this beast. So lets take a drum beat. Lay down the beat and add GVerb. Now take out a few LFO's and assign them to the Reverb Tail Level and Reverb Level. Tune to taste. Now take out a few more and assign them to the Tail and Reverb Time to GVerb and tune to taste again. One you press play, you got a one way ticket to Autechre town. Hey how about going down the line and do the same treatment to a bit crusher, delay and a phaser. Bam now your cooking!

Another cool thing I have been using is Virtual ANS - [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
- Really cool Spectrogram Drawing/Editing/Recording tool. You can get some really nice washy soundscapes with this guy. I really like to make a drone using Virtual ANS and then take that and sidechain it to a drum line. Its also another great tool for Transitions. Tons of more software on that site that is worth checking out, but thats my favorite haha!

Another thing I have been doing is where using hardware such as my MS20, a modular rig or my ER-1 is ALWAYS RECORD! Once I have a good jam session going Ill go ahead and chop it up for one shots or quick loops.

Anyways here is some clips of some soundscape ideas I have been doing to get out of writers blocks rofl. I have been really enjoying this setup.







Let me hear some of your favorite ways to get weird results!

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A random patch I did with Bazille, Gverb, AM Pitchshifter, Autotalent, and 24 random LFO's in Renoise.
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Old 13-06-2017, 02:38 PM   #2
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Re: Random Acts of Soundscapes.

Some cool sounds in there. I suck at making atonal soundscapes.

Btw, I doubt there's that many Linux users here.

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Old 13-06-2017, 04:18 PM   #3
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Re: Random Acts of Soundscapes.

One thing a lot of folks seem to overlook when producing soundscapes is the use of "hiss" or "white/pink noise" in the mix. By adding a little to the mix and keeping it very low, cutting the low end a little, you bring a "sheen" to the overall sound, that can help you build a full-bodied 3d soundscape.

Every situation we encounter in everyday life has a background we rarely focus on. If you meet somebody while out and you both stop and talk..there's sounds all around you..many you are not fully conscious of at the time, such as birds and other people talking and walking around you..traffic passing./planes flying overhead. If you take all of these away, your brain would soon tell you something isn't right about your surroundings..the same thing applies when it comes to soundscapes.

Basically, adding a little noise to the mix helps make the scape more authentic and engaging to the listener..even if it's not all that obvious to their ears. It helps glue the mix together into something a little more "lifelike", helping blend the various elements together when you're layering sounds.

Just make sure you keep it down low..it's meant to be background sonic fluff..not "in your face" audio.

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One thing a lot of folks seem to overlook when producing soundscapes is the use of "hiss" or "white/pink noise" in the mix. By adding a little to the mix and keeping it very low, cutting the low end a little, you bring a "sheen" to the overall sound, that can help you build a full-bodied 3d soundscape.

Every situation we encounter in everyday life has a background we rarely focus on. If you meet somebody while out and you both stop and talk..there's sounds all around you..many you are not fully conscious of at the time, such as birds and other people talking and walking around you..traffic passing./planes flying overhead. If you take all of these away, your brain would soon tell you something isn't right about your surroundings..the same thing applies when it comes to soundscapes.

Basically, adding a little noise to the mix helps make the scape more authentic and engaging to the listener..even if it's not all that obvious to their ears. It helps glue the mix together into something a little more "lifelike", helping blend the various elements together when you're layering sounds.

Just make sure you keep it down low..it's meant to be background sonic fluff..not "in your face" audio.


I agree with everything you said.

Funny that you mention everyday life sounds. I have this thing that if I hear something that I like I will sit there and listen to whatever noise it is and just appreciate it. I love the world of sound. So much great stuff out there. I think my favorite is anything diamond plated clashing up against something. That and air compressors. Those things sound fantastic as well. Also car tires driving on rocks and gravel. So much stuff. I can go on and on.

But yeah going on, I keep trying to keep having some lights noises in the background of my production. Like I said in the post its been great being able to have shit fired at random in a controlled way. Esp bringing in white noise bursts during cymbal crashes an such. I also have been enjoying is making hats not boring rofl. One of my ways in ringmodding the hats with an LFO and a signal from the kick messing with the fine tune. Also freesound.org has been a huge help recently as well. Been adding running water and rivers in the background of some of my music. Also still making choirs out of porn. I love doing that so much rofl.

I still havnt put out a full on industrial album(whatever that is now rofl). I should get on that.....

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A random patch I did with Bazille, Gverb, AM Pitchshifter, Autotalent, and 24 random LFO's in Renoise.
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I agree with everything you said.

Funny that you mention everyday life sounds. I have this thing that if I hear something that I like I will sit there and listen to whatever noise it is and just appreciate it. I love the world of sound. So much great stuff out there. I think my favorite is anything diamond plated clashing up against something. That and air compressors. Those things sound fantastic as well. Also car tires driving on rocks and gravel. So much stuff. I can go on and on.
rocks being thrown at an iced over lake <3

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Re: Random Acts of Soundscapes.

Rain..I could sit and listen to that all night long..thunder, too. But my real sonic love is the sound of a wood pigeon off somewhere in the distance, on a still summers day / evening. I can't really explain it, but there's a kind of inherent beauty in that sound that I find soothing..don't really know why, I just do.

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Rain..I could sit and listen to that all night long..thunder, too. But my real sonic love is the sound of a wood pigeon off somewhere in the distance, on a still summers day / evening. I can't really explain it, but there's a kind of inherent beauty in that sound that I find soothing..don't really know why, I just do.
YES rain and thunder sounds amazing! wind too <3

also, all great things to incorporate into soundscapes (just to keep on topic). one of my favourite things about creating soundscapes is that you can take any sound and make it work

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YES rain and thunder sounds amazing! wind too <3

also, all great things to incorporate into soundscapes (just to keep on topic). one of my favourite things about creating soundscapes is that you can take any sound and make it work
Yeah..as long as you apply the right treatment..meaning the sound has to fit in the mix. I know, this is basic stuff, but many seem to miss this point. Every sound has to sound like every other sound, or you risk loosing the listener along the way.

Basically what I mean is make sure you EQ all the sounds so they compliment each other. Same goes for reverb..use it on each sound as needs dictate, but if you use it right, then it will really open up your scape..making each sound come across as sitting in it's own 3d space.

Also, when applying pan to various sounds or elements in the mix, make sure you vary the pan speed for each..it helps avoid masking and also adds another level to the track, one that helps bring a sense of depth to the mix and helps hold the listener's interest even more.

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